Agence France-Presse, Google Settle Copyright Infringement Suit

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Agence France-Presse, a global news agency based in Paris, said Friday it has reached an agreement with Google Inc. that will allow the Internet search leader to post news and photos from AFP.

The deal settles a copyright infringement lawsuit that AFP filed in March 2005 accusing Google of posting news summaries, headlines and photos without permission.

Financial details of the settlement weren’t disclosed.

The deal will allow Google to use headlines and photos on services including Google News and other Google pages, driving online traffic to sites that display AFP news. The companies didn’t disclose where else AFP’s news would be used by Google.

Google settled a separate dispute with The Associated Press last August. At that time the two companies disclosed a new business relationship under which Google will pay AP for news and photos, but financial details of that arrangement weren’t disclosed.

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